World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was reportedly set to be suspended from the Paris Masters as a fine for his late Indian Wells Masters withdrawal but he appealed and won his case, per Ben Rothenberg.
In Dubai, Djokovic admitted he would likely be forced to skip the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami.
For his late withdrawal from Indian Wells, #1 Novak Djokovic was set to be suspended from Paris-Bercy, where he is defending champ defending 1000 pts.
However, his appeal to the tribunal was successful, per ATP.
Here's a recent email to players explaining procedures: pic.twitter.com/fvs98eOk4e — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 24, 2022
Even though it was pretty evident that Djokovic wouldn't be allowed to enter the United States because of his unvaccinated status, he still decided against withdrawing before the Indian Wells draw was made. Djokovic waited until the last moment and the day before the start of main draw action he announced he was denied entry into the United States.
“While I was automatically listed in the @BNPPARIBASOPEN and @MiamiOpen draw I knew it would be unlikely I’d be able to travel. The CDC has confirmed that regulations won’t be changing so I won't be able to play in the US.
Good luck to those playing in these great tournaments," Djokovic wrote on Twitter.
Jim Courier reflects on Djokovic's late Indian Wells withdrawal
"Novak Djokovic has been consistent in his approach. He is not going to get vaccinated, that is clear.
He is going to use the rules that are available [and try to play as much as possible]. He is allowed to stay in the draw," Courier said. "I would have chosen, if I were him, to withdraw prior to the qualification rounds starting.
I think he could have used the good publicity, but he is within his rights [to wait until the last-minute to withdraw]. "I think, in his heart of hearts, he was hoping there would be a change in policy and that he would be allowed to compete [in the Indian Wells Masters].
He wanted to give himself the best chance to try and compete." Djokovic is expected to return to action at the Monte Carlo Masters.